From the WaPost
Vice President Cheney said yesterday that Iran is a top threat to world peace and Middle East stability, accusing Tehran of sponsoring terrorism against Americans and building a “fairly robust new nuclear program.”
In an interview aired on MSNBC’s “Imus in the Morning” show a few hours before President Bush’s inaugural address, Cheney warned that Israel “might well decide to act first” militarily to eliminate Iran’s nuclear capabilities if the United States and its allies fail to solve the standoff with Tehran diplomatically.
“Given the fact that Iran has a stated policy that their objective is the destruction of Israel, the Israelis might well decide to act first, and let the rest of the world worry about cleaning up the diplomatic mess afterwards,” Cheney said.
So it looks like that is the plan. Israel will do the airstrike/special-ops stuff in Iran, giving the US additional runway in this game of chicken. Israel has been preparing to wipe out Hezbollah in Iran recently. The two attacks may be coordinated so as to avoid the risk that Iran would respond to such an attack by using Hezbollah to damage Israel. There is also a lot of background chatter in various new sources about the US doing a major assault on terrorist locations in Syria. It would be fabulously efficient if the US and Israel acted simultaneously, but such synchrony might lessen US plausible deniability about attacking Iran.